Reading is an excellent pastime for older adults and caregivers. Not only is it enjoyable, it has also been associated with several health benefits. And, it can be a way for seniors and family caregivers to connect with one another.
Benefits of Reading Together
There are lots of benefits of reading for both caregivers and seniors. Some of them are:
- Reading with your aging relative can give the two of you something to talk about. Older adults and caregivers can discuss the plot of the book and what they like and don’t like. Some books may even prompt memories from the past and lead to reminiscing.
- Caregivers and seniors may feel less stressed when they read. Getting engrossed in a good story keeps the brain too busy to think about the things that cause stress.
- Reading can help to slow cognitive decline because it stimulates the brain.
- Reading gives you an excuse to go on outings. Caregivers and older adults can go to the library or the bookstore to choose books together, which can be an easy and relaxing outing for both.
4 Books Caregivers and Seniors Can Enjoy Together
If you’re considering reading with your aging relative, you might be wondering what kinds of books you might both enjoy. Below are 4 suggestions:
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: This book is set during World War II and tells the story of two sisters. One sister stays home to raise her child when her husband is sent off to war. The other joins the Resistance. Though their responses to the war are very different, both approaches require incredible courage.
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly: People who are interested in science or history will enjoy this true story of the African-American women who helped send men to the moon. The book chronicles the early history of NASA while also taking a closer look at how the Civil Rights movement affected those who worked there.
- The Mitford Series by Jan Karon: This gentle series follows the life of a pastor in a small town. It tells the story of the people who live in the fictional town of Mitford and how they affect one another’s lives.
- Detective Erlendur Series by Arnaldur Indridason: Mystery lovers will enjoy these books centered on the cases of Detective Erlendur. The novels are set in Iceland, which gives the books a fun, foreign flavor. They have the feel of an old-time hard-boiled detective story that seniors will love. The investigations will appeal to caregivers who are fans of CSI.
If your aging relative has vision problems, consider reading to them. Another option is to use audiobooks. They have the added benefit of leaving your hands free so you can do things like knit, do a puzzle, or fold laundry while listening.
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